Chaos / Heya Fawda

  • Release Date: 2007
  • Type: Feature Film
  • Duration: 122 Minutes
  • Directed by: Youssef Chahine, Khaled Youssef
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Egyptian French Co Production
  • Cast: Khaled Saleh, Mena Shalaby, Yousef Al Sharif, Hala Sedki, Hala Fakher, Amr Abdel Gelil, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Dorra Zarrouk, Safwa, Seif Abdel Rahman, Abdallah Meshref, Ahmed Yehia, Maher Essam
  • Cinematographer: Ramses Marzouk
  • Editing: Ghada Ezz Al Din
  • Costume design: Mounia Fath Al Bab
  • Music: Yasser Abdel Rahman
  • Sound: Moustafa Ali
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Scenario: Nasser Abdel Rahman
  • Set Design: Hamed Hemdan
  • Camera: Tamer Joseph

In his last film, completed with the help of longtime collaborator Khaled Youssef, Chahine concocts a tasty melodrama, with plenty of political bite, out of a tale about a crusading public prosecutor taking on a corrupt and sadistic police chief in contemporary Cairo. Set in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Shoubra, known for the diversity of its residents, Chaos reveals the area to be a powder keg thanks to social and economic conditions that deteriorate while the elite look the other way. The drama and political commentary is overlaid with a love triangle that ups the ante for all concerned. (Harvard Film Archive)